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#LocalEvent: An Evening with Colonel Ruby Bradley


Colonel Ruby G. Bradley (1907-2002), WWII and Korean War Army Nurse, will be portrayed by Becky Park of Charleston at 6:00pm onTuesday, May 17, 2022 at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Lobby- Williamson Campus. The presentation is part of the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

When Bradley retired from the U.S. Army in 1963 she was the most decorated woman in American military history. A native of Spencer, West Virginia, Bradley was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines in 1941 and was a POW until 1945. She continued her work as a nurse in the prison camp. She was named Chief Nurse for the Eighth Army in 1951 and supervised over 500 nurses in Korea. Bradley attained the rank of Colonel in 1958.

Bradley is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.

You can find more information about An Evening with Colonel Ruby Bradley on the GFWC-WV Williamson Woman's Club Facebook event page.

Historical characterization is the vehicle for this program. Humanities scholars have carefully researched a variety of sources about the figures they portray such as journals, letters, official documents, speeches, autobiographies and research by other scholars in developing their presentation.

This program is available to interested nonprofit groups such as libraries, museums, and historical societies. For more information call the West Virginia Humanities Council at 346-8500 or visit the website:

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The West Virginia Humanities Council, an independent nonpartisan nonprofit, is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council is supported by the NEH, the State of West Virginia, and contributions from the private sector. The purposes of the West Virginia Humanities Council are educational, and its mission is to support a vigorous program in the humanities statewide in West Virginia.

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